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10 Geeky Halloween Costumes For Inveterate Procrastinators


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It’s October 28th already, and you don’t have a Halloween costume. You could always go buy something at the last minute, but the high prices for poorly made, mass-produced costumes aren’t for you. But worry not, because we’ve got your back. Here are our picks for 10 geeky Halloween costumes for procrastinators, so named because they for the most part call for normal, everyday clothes. Minus assorted accessories, you’re pretty much guaranteed to have what you need for at least a few of these costumes in your closet already. Procrastinators and costume cheapskates unite!

Same as last year, we’ve assembled a combination of modern-day costume ideas and historical/mythology ones, the latter courtesy of awesome site Take Back Halloween.

Have some last-minute geeky costume ideas of your own? Leave ‘em in the comments.

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  • http://elisabethflaum.wordpress.com/ Elwyne

    WTNV was all over Geek Girl Con. My sister played an intern, with nothing more complicated than a purple t-shirt and a name tag repeatedly scratched out and splashed with blood.
    My mom once handed out candy as Hatshepsut wearing a house dress, a towel on her head, and lots of eyeliner.

  • Rebecca Pahle

    I like your mom.

  • eag46

    I don’t know how “geeky” it is but my favorite last-minute costume is A Pile of Laundry. Wear a shirt and pants that don’t match, then tie every scarf you own around yourself. It’s comfortable and it will keep you warm if it gets cold. And if the party gets too warm, you can shed a scarf or two.

  • Selkiechick

    Zombie costume is a good last minute go-to. You can make the makeup as simple (a bit of baby powder can work up an ok pallor for folks who are already pale) or elaborate with CVS costume kits, or professional ones, and clothes you don’t care about so much anymore. I got excellent use out of a bridesmaids dress that had been in the back of my closet for ages, long enough that the satin had faded…

  • http://technicalluddite.com/ Hannele Kormano

    Fionna is also pretty easy! Even making the hat is not too hard. Otherwise: long white socks, blue skirt, lighter blue three-quarter-length sleeve top, sword, green backpack, long blonde hair or wig.

  • http://www.spaceunicorn.net Jayme

    I like this King Hatshepsut idea. If I don’t finish my Briar Rose costume in time…

  • Alyson L

    This is why I just bought myself a hogwart’s robe – my go to costume when I don’t have time for anything else. I can’t wait!

  • Alyson L

    This is why I just bought myself a hogwart’s robe – my go to costume when I don’t have time for anything else. I can’t wait!

  • Anonymous

    If you combine a Hatshepsut costume with a Catwoman costume you can be Egyptian Catwoman, who was also a Pharoah according to her action figure’s trading card. Egyptian Batman was driven to dethrone her, so he was probably a chauvanist in addition to being a traitor.

  • Anonymous

    My last minute go to is always Death from The Sandman. Black jeans, black singlet, ankh and eyeliner and I already have the hair.

  • Brittany K

    You can buy a pair of hair clip devil horns at Walmart for two bucks, stick those in your hair and wear literally any outfit and voila! Instant demon. I’m wearing my prom dress from senior year, a black, lacy, short & strapless number that paired with black leather ankle boots looks decidedly badass, and that gives me a perfect devil costume for just 8 bucks (I also bought red eyeshadow and a pitchfork)

  • Anonymous

    I’m going as Arthur Dent this year. If I am ambitious, I might put on some stubble with makeup. But – Bathrobe, towel, and a “Don’t Panic” decal for the kindle annnnnd done.

  • Lily

    A while ago I did a Rachel Tyrell from Blade Runner costume by wearing a black pencil dress beneath a blazer with power shoulders, vampy makeup paired with red lips and nails, and an unlit cigarette to wave around.

  • Dylan Edwin Hoover

    Dress in vaguely “Neo-Edwardian” mjen’s fashion. Carry around a photoshopped-to-be-malformed portrait of yourself in a cheap frame.

    Dorian Gray has arrived, kiddies!

  • Anonymous

    Last year I went as a former adventurer. I just took one of those Arrow-through-the-head headbands, applied it to the knee, and wrapped an ace bandage to keep it in place. I recommend placing the arrow perpendicular to the body, since my diagonal possition broke the arrow off when I managed to hit it with my other leg.

  • Amanda Burke

    This year I’m making a Shredder costume from the 80s TMNT cartoon (with a few feminine changes). I have my Zoe from Left 4 Dead costume to fall back on in case this all falls apart, though.

  • Erin Macdonald

    Woo hoo Hatshepsut! I went as her when I was 12 years old, and proceeded to lecture everyone who thought I was Cleopatra. I may not have been the most popular kid at the time :)

  • Dave

    Just as long as no one dresses up as the Apache Tracker… D:

  • http://natehevens.wordpress.com/ Nathan Hevenstone

    How’s about the Doctor? It’s a lot easier to go as a future Doctor as opposed to one we’ve already seen. All you really need is this, then just wear whatever you want… whatever defines you.

    Then you just need to perfect a British accent. And then tell people how the Angels have the TARDIS… and maybe make up a story about watching the birth of the universe.

    And you’re good to go!

  • Anonymous

    What an asshole…

  • Melynda

    I wish I knew people who listened to WTNV, I would’ve totally coordinated something. Alas, my friends are losers who don’t want to listen to podcasts. They don’t even watch Orange Is the New Black so that group costume would’ve been out too. Why am I friends with these people?